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Terminating public programs : an American political paradox
Daniels, Mark Ross, 1952-
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Armonk, N.Y. : M.E. Sharpe, [1997]

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xviii, 103 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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1540 Lexile.

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This text examines why and when policies or organizations are terminated, how they can be terminated successfully, and what often prevents them from being terminated. The literature on termination and a variety of case studies are reviewed in order to identify theories supported by research.

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Daniels (Slippery Rock Univ.) has written the public policy field's lead work on ending government programs, that is, terminating (not privatizing or downsizing) public functions, organizations, policies, and programs. Daniels sees such cessation as rare but cites several cases at the federal level and reports that 325 state entities have been terminated under sunset laws. The author's prime contribution is to summarize meticulously the extant literature and then apply the principal theoretical frameworks to two new case studies, state training schools in Oklahoma and Medicaid in Tennessee. Both cases, together with others discussed, lead to conclusions that termination rarely demonstrates an economic justification and requires sidestepping, co-optation, and even bullying of opponents. Daniels seeks to identify theories and strategies that would facilitate termination: his implicit, normative view is that it a good thing--the view of most writers in this field. He states that we do not yet know enough to predict the end of government programs, admitting that timing remains a mystery. It seems paradoxical to Daniels that many citizens call for smaller, reformed government while many others ardently oppose ending programs. In his conclusion, Daniels expresses concern for termination tactics that limit democratic participation in policy making. Upper-division undergraduate and graduate collections. C. T. Goodsell Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Table of Contents

1 Public Policy and Organization Termination: An Overview
2 The Literature of Termination
3 Sunset Legislation: Exploring the Linkages Between Termination and Innovation
4 Organizational Termination and Policy Continuation
5 Implementing Policy Termination
6 Evaluating Termination Research